Community Learning for Autistic Adults

We offer courses for autistic adults to help them develop skills for social situations and everyday living and increase their confidence.

SocialEyes course

This free course for adults on the autism spectrum helps them to develop social skills and understanding.

SocialEyes was developed by the National Autistic Society in conjunction with people with autism and Asperger syndrome and leading professionals in the field.

SocialEyes does not ask people on the autism spectrum to change ‘inappropriate’ social behaviour or to acquire social skills by copying the ‘typical’ behaviour of others. Instead, it gives people the option of learning social interaction skills or alternative social strategies.

It focuses on eight social skills that people on the autism spectrum can have difficulty with, including starting and ending a conversation, body language and facial expressions, eye contact and personal space.

The course is made up of weekly two-hour workshops.

SocialEyes courses held in Reading are for participants aged 18 and above. Courses take place at the New Directions College at 330 Northumberland Avenue, Whitley, RG2 8DH.

Details of forthcoming courses will be posted on this page.

SocialEyes courses held in Slough are for participants aged 18 and above. Courses take place at Langley College, near Slough.

  • SocialEyes courses for autistic adults living in the Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire areas are funded by the Berkshire West NHS Clinical Commissioning Group.

Chop & Chat course

This course is made up of eight friendly weekly classes, focused around preparing and cooking a meal, getting advice and sharing ideas for problem-solving, and discussing key life skills, plus time to chat.

The aim is to develop life skills, boost self-esteem and confidence, and improve participants’ education, training and employment prospects.

We are running a modified online version of the course on Tuesday afternoons from February 9 to March 30, 2021, between 4pm and 6pm on Zoom.

Participants will get help to pay for the ingredients they will need for each recipe and it would be helpful if they have access to a kitchen with a cooker to use for the sessions.

To take part in this Chop & Chat course you must have an autism diagnosis, be aged 18 or above, and live in Berkshire.

Click here to complete our online form to register an interest in taking part in this course. We will then get in touch for an informal discussion to make sure it is suitable for you or a member of your family.

  • This online Chop & Chat course is funded by a grant from the National Lottery Community Fund’s Covid-19 response programme.